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There were twenty-seven graduates in these three years, of whom
five got the Master of Arts degree, seventeen the Bachelor of Arts,
and five the Bachelor of Letters. Nine were graduated in each of the
three years. One became a physician, six lawyers, six teachers, one
farmer, two merchants, and eleven ministers of the gospel. Several
ministers, however, did their more important work in other callings.
Farris spent the greater part of his life as professor of Greek at the
John B. Stetson University, and had previously done work as editor
both on the Biblical Recorder and the Florida Baptist Witness;
Hilliard likewise was best know as editor of the Scotland Neck
Democrat, and Pittman as editor of the Central Baptist of Missouri.
Beckwith was a preacher as well as a teacher, and Poteat will perhaps
be best known not for his preaching but for his service as president of
Furman University. Herring and Chappell will be remembered for
their long service as missionaries, and Holding and Fleetwood for
their services, the one as auditor of Wake County and the other as
register of deeds of Northampton, and Ragsdale for his work as
superintendent of public instruction of Pitt County. All did good work
but only a few attained special distinction. Among these were
Alderman, whose work as an educator was known throughout the
State, and who in published articles made many contributions to
Baptist history; Poteat, who did notable work as preacher, educator,
and missionary; Ward, who served both as legislator and judge of the
Superior Court; and Herring who became one of our ablest
missionaries. To these should be added Reinhardt who was a skillful
alienist and was connected with the New York City Insane Asylum,
and later became superintendent of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Insane
Asylum.
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